Please return all rented skates and helmets on one of the following dates:
- April 11, 4:00-7:00pm at 141 Newport Street
- April 27, 9:00-11:00am at 141 Newport Street
All equipment must be returned by April 30 or else you will forfeit your $20 security deposit. Please contact Lauren Magoun at lmagounAFC@gmail.com for more information or if you absolutely can’t come on either date.
AFC wants to extend a huge thank you to our long-time Working Moms group leads Julie Vakoc and Sara Wilkinson. Sara co-led the group monthly since 2008 and Julie joined her in 2011. The Working Moms group will continue on under the leadership of Georgina Prager and Claire Abbott. Welcome Georgina and Claire!
Kindergarten Connections School Leads: Would you like your kindergartner-to-be to see lots of familiar faces on the first day of school this fall? Would you like to meet other parents in your school district? Do you have an hour or two to plan some events? Then please volunteer for the Kindergarten Connections program! This program, organized by the Arlington Family Connection, gives incoming kindergartners and their families a chance to meet and play during the summer. We are looking for volunteers from each school. Each school volunteer will schedule activities (playground outings, potluck dinners, etc.) for June-August and send the information back to an AFC volunteer, so we can disseminate the dates and times to AFC members (volunteers’ names and contact information will be published in the AFC newsletter and in email blasts). It is not a terribly time consuming process and everything can be done over email except showing up for the play date! To volunteer for your school or ask any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications and Publicity Coordinator: Manage all emails sent to AFC members (about 30 minutes a month). Manage the publicity for AFC public events and AFC as an organization. Tasks include drafting press releases, notifying, via email, local newspapers and web sites of our major public events (approximately four to five a year) and making sure posters are in place around town (with help from other AFC volunteers). This requires a couple of hours a month when AFC has an event. It can be done almost entirely on your own time (nights, days, weekends, etc.). Contact Louise at email@example.com for more information.
Clerk: Schedule monthly meetings, manage steering committee agendas, attend all monthly meetings in order to take and send minutes from meetings, update and distribute (quarterly) Steering Committee Directory, manage and update email aliases, keep appropriate records (meeting agendas and minutes, directory, passwords, inventory lists, etc.). If you have any questions or would be interested in volunteering, please contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childcare & Preschool Options Committee (2-3) & Chair!
Each year, AFC updates its popular “Childcare and Preschool Options in Arlington” booklet, and hosts a fall open house. The booklet lists all licensed daycare and preschool providers in Arlington and details how, when, and who to contact for applications or further information. The open house, called “Options Night,” is one of the most anticipated and well-attended events of the year. The “Options” booklet is sold all year as well as on Options Night. Booklet update happens in the spring/summer. Past volunteers are available to answer questions. To volunteer or with questions, contact Rebecca Bromark at email@example.com.
AFC held one of its biggest events of the year on March 10: the Beach Party!! What a success it was! Approximately 220 children and their caregivers attended the event at a new venue, the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
Keeping everyone busy, and smiling, were crafts, games, a DJ, Silly Willy the clown with his balloon designs and a pizza lunch. In addition, the children were mesmerized by the New England Aquarium’s traveling tidepool with live sea animals Children not only got to touch the animals but also learn a bit about them from the aquarium’s staff. A special thanks to Dr. Coppe’s Pediatric Dental Office for sponsoring this fun and educational activity.
Upstairs in the gym a DJ played fun and kid-friendly music for the kids to dance and play games. Arlington High School and International School of Boston student-volunteers ran other beach-themed games and crafts. Games included trying to knock down a stack of beach pails, kicking the soccer ball into the “hula net” and throwing hoops over dolphins’ heads. At the craft table children made octopuses out of bowls and ribbons, decorated beach scenes with stickers and created memorable ocean life scenes with stamps.
None of this would have been such a huge success without the generosity of Kevin Flood and the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Kevin and his team were supportive every step of the way and we deeply appreciate their teaming up with us and offering their space for the party free of charge. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club and their programming you can visit www.abgclub.org.
The party went off without a hitch thanks to all the hard work AFC volunteers put in beforehand and the day of. Special thanks to Erin Buchner for chairing the event and to Anne Dixon, Tracy Gianotti, Kerri Kivolowitz, Maeva Leroy, Stephanie Slonka, Anne Thomson and Toni Trainor for doing such a great job. Despite having young kids at home, they were able to give their time and energy to making sure it all come together.
AFC is Headed For the Big Apple Circus!
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:00am – City Hall Plaza, Boston.
This one-ring circus is ideal family fun! AFC has a large block of ringside seats for $17/person (regularly $30). Children 2 and under are free when they sit on an adult’s lap. One child per lap.
Tickets are available on the tickets section of our web site.
Please note that the tickets will be sent to purchasers in March, when we receive them from the Circus.
For more information please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the circus, please check their website: www.bigapplecircus.org.
Entertain your little ones at our Annual Winter Beach Party on Sunday, March 10, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club at 60 Pond Lane, Arlington.
Children can enjoy a variety of beach games and crafts including making an octopus, limbo, balloon animals, and DJ entertainment. Children can also observe and touch live local tide pool animals from the Traveling Tidepool hosted by the New England Aquarium.
Admission also includes pizza, ice cream, and refreshments. Beach-goers are encouraged to wear their splashy beach attire.
Admission at the door is $15 per family for AFC members (up to five people) and $25 per family for non-members (up to five people). Each additional person is $3. Please note the gym is not handicap accessible and stroller parking is available in the teen room on the first floor.
There will be a raffle of local prizes and all proceeds will benefit the Arlington Boys and Girls Club scholarship fund.